First Henley-Aberdeen Lecture focuses on modern leadership

The first event celebrating the partnership between Henley Business School and the University of Aberdeen Business School took place on Thursday 19 May in the King’s College Conference Centre with an audience of local business leaders and academics.

Professor Christopher Bones, an Aberdeen alumnus and former Dean of Henley Business School, spoke on the topic of ‘The Cult of the Leader: the failure of modern leadership in business and what we can we do about it.’

The lecture marks the first in the programme of events associated with the new Henley-Aberdeen Partnership launched in January this year.

The Henley-Aberdeen Partnership will provide an annual programme of master classes, driven by and focusing on, the current business issues of its members in the North-East of Scotland. 

Chris Bones is a former Dean of Henley Business School and is now Professor of Creativity and Leadership at Manchester Business School.  He has worked internationally across Europe, Africa and Asia and held senior roles with leading multinational organisations including Shell, Diageo, and Cadbury Schweppes. A highly regarded speaker at international conferences on change, human resource strategy and employment branding, Professor Bones is a regular contributor in the media and a columnist for HR magazine in the UK.  He has recently been voted among the current top five most influential HR thinkers in the UK.

The next event in the Henley-Aberdeen Partnership series will be a breakfast briefing with Professor Dominic Swords on the 13 June in the Linklater Rooms, Elphinstone Hall, University of Aberdeen.

Professor Swords is a leading business economist and a regular speaker at corporate conferences on the business impact of economic change.  At this breakfast briefing Professor Swords will provide a review and update of the economic issues that face the global economy.  Drawing on the latest data from the OECD and the IMF mid-year reports Dominic will present his findings and views on the developing economic landscape and encourage debate as to its impact on participants’ business areas.

Bookings can be made by emailing Ms Kate Ellis ( or phone 01224 273316 by 3 June, 2011 Ms Ellis can also provide details of car parking and maps.